The Invermay Europe Travel Group jaunted off on an exciting and educational expedition to Paris, Lucerne, Munich, Salzburg and Berlin.
The Invermay Europe Travel Group spent April 15-23 touring historic sites in France, Germany, and the Alps. In the foreground of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris are, left to right, back row: Metro Kozak, Bart Hartl, Lorne Rennie, Annette Nieman, Elsie Jensen, Tammy Wallin, Sheldon Wallin, Michelle Marquette (hidden), Barry Marquette, Cameron Fey, Landon Kozak, Glenda Kozak (partially hidden); middle row, Jackie Peszko, Cheryl Hartl, Therese Amyotte, Samantha Wallin, Shania Wallin, Skyler Peszko, Kendall Fidek, Megan Fey, Marlene Chodak, Tim Chodak, Rosanne Piche, Cecile Favreau; front row, Roberta Kulyk, Danika Marquette, Jocelyn Marquette, Alyssa Hartl, Dustin Rioch, Faith Johnson, Shaelyn Serron, Michelle Woloshyn, Nick Chodak, Hailey Enge, Jeffrey Jensen and Alex Sylvestre.
Students and adults from Invermay, Wadena, Kelvington, Margo and Saskatoon landed in Paris on April 15 and started touring right away.
The first day included a walking tour of Paris to see the Champs d’ Élysées, the Eiffel Tower (we climbed to the second level), l’ Île de la Cité and Sainte-Chapelle. Day two was spent visiting Place de la Concorde, Napoleon’s Tomb, l’Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides and Versailles, the magnificent palace of Louis XIV. We took a cruise on the River Seine and went up the Montparnasse Tower for an excellent view of Paris.
On April 17, we toured the Fragonard Perfume Factory, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. That evening we experienced a typical Parisien meal of frog legs, snails, and french onion soup.
We made our way back through the Burgundy region to Lucerne, Switzerland, on April 18 and 19. There our excursions encompassed the Lion Monument, Kapellbrücke and Chapel Bridge, not to mention a gondola ride up to Mount Pilatus in the Swiss Alps.
On April 20 we proceeded through Liechtenstein to Neuschwantein Castle, famous as the setting for the movie Snow White. The following day we went on to Munich’s Olympic Stadium, Residenz, Marienplatz and a tour of the BMW Museum. An emotional journey through Dachau Concentration Camp had the group silent and contemplative; talk about history. The evening in Munich concluded with a stop at the Hofbrauhaus, where we had the opportunity to listen to German music.
Salzburg, Austria, was the stop for April 22. We saw the Mirabel Gardens where the Von Trapp family (The Sound of Music) lived, Mozart’s house, the Residenz and the underground Salt Mines, which awed us all.
Our second-last day was spent in Berlin, Germany. Brandenburg Gate, Kurfürstendamm, Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall brought history alive for us.
On April 24 we departed for Canada, arriving in Saskatoon at midnight. We extend our gratitude to Roberta Kulyk for organizing this trip, where lasting memories and new friendships were made.